NFR "Annie" the Owl is growing up

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by riseform, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Those are great, thanks for sharing. I'm getting more tuned in to other cool things around me while out fishing...lot's of cool things if you take time to look.

    We have nesting pairs of Barred Owls around the property and see them and their little guys quite often. The wife won the grand prize at the WA State Fair two years ago with a picture of one from our backyard. Last year we had a ghost white Barn Owl nest in a hole in an Oak tree, but my wife did get a great picture of one. We only saw them a few times (very leery they are) and think the nest was raided by a raccoon...really pissed my wife off :mad:.
     
  2. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Can you load the pic up, I love a good owl pic...
     
  3. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    A real shame on the raccoons. Vermin for sure...
     
  4. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    What a great story! Thanks for sharing--really brightened an otherwise miserable day for me.

    Jason
     
  5. tythetier

    tythetier Fish Slayer

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    Very cool! We have heard them when we are breaking down in the evening on the Crooked. We get everything torn down, then we will sit and smoke a cigar in the moonlight and listen to them chatter back in forth. Some times throwing our own call in to mix things up and get them going.
     
  6. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast Bigfoot is blurry

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    I just took these behind the house about an hour ago.
    5.28.13owl1.JPG 5.28.13owl3.JPG
     
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  7. riseform

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    Nice looking neighbor!

    Since this thread has resurfaced, here's an additional image of Annie taken a couple weeks ago, still identified by the blown left pupil. Seems to be a reliably territorial owl.
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  8. orangeradish

    orangeradish Eyes to the sky...

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    Bird-nerd stuff always makes me smile. Good stuff, man.
     
  9. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Great shots and ongoing story riseform. Good for you for creating the opportunity to find and follow up on Annie.

    Plenty of owls in our neighborhood. Its not uncommon to hear three of them hooting in the evening each keeping a respectable distance from the others. Their calls can get very excitable sounding when one gets too close to another.
    They are very talkative and will respond to you with hoots and trills and come closer if you can deliver anything even resembling an owl call.

    TC
     
  10. Jim Speaker

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    Saw a monster sized great horned owl in a small tree overhanging a wee little spring creek in eastern WA that I'll never say the name of... I was wading ever so gently down into this spot to bow-n-arrow a cast and let a drift run below branches when I saw it sitting up in there staring at me like an intruder. It was one of the coolest things I've seen fly fishing - not more than 20' from me and it didn't move. Ran a few casts under the branches and moved on with the memory imprinted.
     
  11. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    Great photos, love it. It brought back a memory of great horned owls I have.

    There was a man where I used to live who was moderately autistic, his name was Johnny. He was in his 40's and you'd see him walking the island pretty much any time the weather was good and he wasn't busy mowing folks' yards.

    One spring people began to noticed Johnny was spending a lot of time standing at the side of this one particular road, in an opening in the live oaks, looking up into some big, old pine trees across the street. This went on for a few days until a friend of mine stopped and asked "Johnny, what are you looking at?" "Well, I'm watching those owls." Johnny had spotted a great horned owl nest everyone else was in too much of a hurry to notice. The nest had a couple of young in it and the parents were usually there, since they did most of their hunting at night.

    Well, the word spread on the island very quickly and soon there were 20-30 people with their binos and telephoto lens cameras taking up all of the viewing room. Pretty much ruined it for Johnny, he wasn't a really a group social guy, he quit watching his owls. Then one evening, one of the adult owls brought a neighborhood cat home for dinner, ripped ol' Fluffy apart and fed it to the little ones. That further reduced the number of owl watchers. Never saw any photos of that, too bad, pay back for shoving Johnny out.
     
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